Bobotie Stuffed Peppers Recipe

Bobotie stuffed peppers offer a visually stunning and convenient way to enjoy the flavors of bobotie. The tender and flavorful meat filling combined with the roasted sweetness of the bell peppers creates a delightful combination. This dish is perfect for individual servings and is sure to impress your guests with its unique twist on a South African classic.


  • 4 bell peppers (any color), tops removed and seeds removed
  • 500g minced beef or lamb
  • 2 slices of white bread, soaked in milk
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons fruit chutney
  • 2 tablespoons apricot jam
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sultanas or raisins
  • 2 tablespoons flaked almonds
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 eggs
  • 250ml milk


  1. Preheat your oven to 180°C (350°F).
  2. Place the bell peppers in a baking dish, standing upright. Ensure they can stand without tipping over.
  3. Heat the vegetable oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and minced garlic, and sauté until golden and fragrant.
  4. Add the minced meat to the pan and cook until browned, breaking up any lumps with a spoon.
  5. In a separate bowl, squeeze out the excess milk from the soaked bread and crumble it into the meat mixture. Stir well to combine.
  6. Add the curry powder, turmeric, cumin, coriander, cinnamon, fruit chutney, apricot jam, vinegar, sultanas or raisins, and flaked almonds to the pan. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Mix everything thoroughly and let it simmer for 10 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together.
  7. Spoon the spiced meat mixture into the hollowed-out bell peppers, filling them generously. Press the filling down lightly to ensure it’s compact.
  8. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs and milk together. Pour this custard mixture over the stuffed peppers, ensuring each pepper is well-coated.
  9. Place the baking dish with the stuffed peppers in the preheated oven and bake for approximately 40-45 minutes, or until the peppers are tender and the custard is set and golden on top.
  10. Remove from the oven and let them cool for a few minutes before serving.
  11. Serve the bobotie stuffed peppers as individual servings, accompanied by yellow rice, chutney, and sambals. Enjoy the unique presentation and delicious flavors of this creative variation!

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